The Light At The End Of The Tunnel
Everyone experiences hardships, setbacks and battles during their lives – that's a given. It can be encouraging to know that others have also struggled in the darkness and doubted whether there ever would be a light at the end of their own tunnel – especially when they did manage to find a way through.
Everyone experiences hardships, setbacks and battles during their lives – that's a given.
At such times we can easily feel isolated and distanced from any help or meaningful support.
We can think it's only happening to us and that perhaps we are in some way to blame – and we might struggle to see a way out of our emotional pain and suffering.
It can be encouraging to know that others have also struggled in the darkness and doubted whether there ever would be a light at the end of their own tunnel – especially when they did manage to find a way through.
I know the value of sharing our challenging life experiences, and in particular the personal ways in which we have overcome those adversities.
This is why the idea of talking with people who had a story to share has been in my mind for a while now. My wish was to help others – and to offer them hope and encouragement.
A series of unexpected events then came together recently and there was a rush of excitement that this back-burner project might finally become a reality.
After connecting with a lovely women called Viv Oyolu - who had unexpectedly and privately shared her own personal story with me - I mentioned how I'd long held a dream and vision to speak with ordinary people about their extraordinary stories which would help to inspire, encourage and support others who were also stuck in their own dark tunnel, hoping for a glimpse of light to focus upon and take the next tentative steps towards.
By pure luck, or maybe something bigger than luck, Viv had experience of recording her own radio show earlier and had the technical skills and know-how to be able to assist me...and best of all...she was REALLY keen to do so... at no cost. What a blessing!!
So, I set about asking my connections on Facebook to give me their opinions about the title and image – and requested anyone who wanted to be involved and share their story to get in touch with me.
I feared there might be no response – and thank goodness I was wrong.
In no time 24 people had made contact with me offering to share their own story of overcoming adversity – with the sole aim of helping others to 'find the light'.
After a few tweaks we had an interview guidelines and format sorted out, and I began booking people into their respective time slots.
I am so indebted to Viv – I literally could not have done this without her! In each interview I invite Viv to speak and share her thoughts, feelings and any questions she has about the story she's just heard.
I didn't want her to be an invisible side-kick – and fortunately for everyone her personal perceptions and input added a richer layer to each interview and story.
All interviews were then edited by Viv ready to be uploaded to i-tunes. Thank goodness...because tech stuff just isn't my 'thing'! :-)
Thanks to her guidance I will now be writing a little introductory blog for each of our guests and their story – all of which will, I have no doubt, bring rays of hope to listeners – at whatever stage they find themselves on their own path to recovering from adversity.
So, please judge for yourself if this podcast series has been a success and please share with me your thoughts and feelings about what you will hear - and the impact upon your own life situation.
In a few days time I'll be sharing one of these interviews a week here on the Psychologies online platform Life Labs as well as through my own website – which will add to the many free resources already on there.
If I can help at least one person to feel better about the situation they are struggling with, then I'll be content with that.
There is always a light at the end of the tunnel – even though sometimes the twists and turns prevent us from seeing it...it's still there waiting for us.
Maxine Harley (MSc Psychotherapy) MIND HEALER & MENTOR